Fire Victims Warned Of Scammers

"Oh it’s cracked, that's somebody from my husband's family,” Ellen Mann says as she shows us a picture that was taken at the turn of the last century, its framed and slightly singed.

Mann is shifting through the dark wet ashes of what use to be her home here on Pioneer Drive in South Reno.

Two days after the fire destroyed her home and 31 others, this is her first time here.

“You know, Ray will say the same thing. We are in our 60s we've seen a lot in our lives, its just stuff,” says Mann.

Just stuff, never the less, Ellen still looks for stuff that survived a fire that engulfed a total of 2,000 acres--roughly three miles.

She and her husband lived on Pioneer for 18 years.

“We can rebuild,” says Mann.

Ellen says they'll do their homework and find licensed contractors and builders--not some fly by night operation that can prey on families like hers in desperate times.

Local law enforcement says there will be imposters out in south Reno.

Homeowners need to check for credentials and licenses--even if it is something as simple as pulling up burnt landscaping.

Those in the home inspection business say it will take time to recover from this mess--there are no quick fixes no matter what anyone says.

Law enforcement says if you see any suspicious activity up in south Reno’s burned areas, or anyone suspicious they want to hear from you.

One neighbor has told even in all the commotion on Saturday, someone up the street from Pioneer Drive was robbed.


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